An officer with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was shot dead by unknown people in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh early on Sunday.
Deputy superintendent of police Mohammad Tanzil and his family were heading back to their house in Sahaspur town around 1 am when two motorcycle-borne men forced him to stop his WagonR car at Seohara and fired from a close range.
Tanzil, on deputation from the Border Security Force, had gone to Bijnor city with his family to attend a marriage function.
NIA inspector general Sanjeev Singh said that while Tanzil died immediately, his wife was critically injured. She was taken to a hospital in Noida. Their two children, who were sitting in the backseat of the car, were reportedly unharmed.
The NIA, meanwhile, termed Tanzil’s murder as a “planned attack”. Singh said that though Tanzil was not formally a part of the Pathankot airbase attack probe team, he was consulted owing to his knowledge of Urdu.
Mohd Tanzil, when he was coming back from a function, a planned attack took place on him-NIA IG Sanjiv Kumar Singh pic.twitter.com/hvLC7fvU0i— ANI (@ANI_news) April 3, 2016
Meanwhile, the state government appointed Aseem Arun, inspector general of the Anti-Terrorist Squad, to investigate Tanzil’s murder. “We will probe the incident from all possible angles, including personal enmity,” Arun told HT over the phone. He, however, said it would “be difficult to say anything on the possibility of a terror attack at this stage of the investigation”.
(With inputs from agencies)